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    JFK and the Student Airlift

    At a key point in the 1960 presidential campaign, a dynamic young leader from Kenya named Tom Mboya visited Senator John F. Kennedy. Mboya led a campaign of his own that would eventually bring hundreds of African students to America for higher education, including Barack Obama Sr., President Obama's father. Kennedy's decision to support the ...

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    James Florio (1993)

    On May 30, 1990, under Governor Florio's leadership, New Jersey passed the strictest gun control law in the nation, banning the sale and severely restricting the possession of assault weapons in the state. The action was a significant legislative victory for Florio, who was then engaged in a public and political battle over his reforms to the state...

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    Paul Muegge (2004)

    In 1998, Oklahoma State Senator Paul Muegge brought regulation to an industry that had long dictated its own terms to Oklahoma legislators. Muegge took on the powerful hog industry and angered the state's many hog farm workers by sponsoring legislation to regulate hog production, a billion-dollar industry in the state. The enormous negative envi...

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    Lowell Weicker, Jr. (1992)

    In 1991, after a careful, first-hand examination of his state's deteriorating fiscal condition, Governor Lowell Weicker of Connecticut shocked many residents of the state by proposing a first-time-ever personal income tax as part of his fiscal year 1992 budget package. He believed that for Connecticut to survive its worst financial crisis since the...

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    Voting Rights in the Kennedy Years

    Judge Gordon A. Martin discussed his new book, Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote, about the 1962 court case that resulted in one of the first victories for voting rights in the South. Judge Martin was joined by John Doar, who worked for the Justice Department under Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and succ...

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    Campaign Trail

    After narrowly losing the vice presidential nomination in 1956, Senator John F. Kennedy sought the presidency in 1960. After hard-fought primary victories, JFK won his party’s nomination and faced-off against sitting Vice President Richard Nixon in a campaign that featured the first live-broadcast television debates between presidential candidat...

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    Kennedy Presidential Library Releases Newly Declassified White House Recordings (November 8, 2005)
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    Boston, MA – The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it has declassified and made available for research approximately twelve hours of tape recordings of White House meetings that took place between May 15 and June 1, 1963. The release coincides with the 45th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 victory in the Nove...

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